GOWANDA - Students in the Gowanda Central School District will not be seeing an increase in lunch prices for the upcoming school year. This is the first year without an increase in the past three years, according to School Lunch Manager Jason Whipple.
Prior to those three years with increases, the district did not see an increase in nine years, said Whipple. The lunch program has cut out about 17 hours per day in labor costs in the 2013-2014 school year. The lunch program is experiencing a deficit which is due to eight snow days the district had this past school year; the district did make up five of those snow days and the district lost one breakfast due to a delayed opening.
Whipple also said the program is operating a deficit based on the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 school years because of new nutrition regulations.
OBSERVER Photo by Samantha McDonnell
The Gowanda Board of Education heard a presentation on the school lunch program at a recent meeting. Pictured, from left, is Board of Education President Sue Flaherty, Clerk Amanda Pickering and Board of Education member Mary Stratton.
School districts were required to provide students with more servings of vegetables and healthier options. In order to implement the changes, Whipple says he starts six months prior to when the regulations are required. During this time the students are able to adapt slowly to the upcoming changes and Whipple does regular tastings with students to gauge food interests.
Also at the meeting, Mary Cudney was approved as a reading teacher. The board of education also approved Holly Bernys as a speech and language pathologist and Nicholas Napierala as an elementary art teacher. Incoming Elementary Principal Carrie Dzierba said the pair will be an asset to the elementary school.
"I'm super excited to work with them. They'll be a great asset to our building," she said.
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